Andy Brown

Andy has been writing about the governance of sport for over 15 years. Prior to working on the Sports Integrity Initiative, he was the editor of World Sports Law Report for eight years. He has also worked for the Press Association and has written for numerous trade magazines. He has also created, chaired and spoken at numerous conferences on the business of sport, and produced the Sports Law Show for iSportConnect TV.

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News 31/03/2020

Sports Integrity Briefs – 31 March 2020

• The Ukraine football association (UAF) has launched an investigation due to concerns that match-fixers are arranging fixtures whilst football is suspended due to Covid-19, reports Die Welt. At present, it is not clear whether players took the field, or whether match-fixers paid off a betting scout to fabricate...

News 30/03/2020

Four Russians appeal AIU doping charges to CAS

Four Russians issued with doping charges by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) of World Athletics are appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). All of the charges are based on evidence in Richard McLaren’s two Independent Person (IP) Reports for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).  The first...

News 27/03/2020

WADA Compliance Report: 3,000 corrective actions in 2019

Over 3,000 corrective actions were taken by signatories to the World Anti-Doping Code during 2019, the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) first Compliance Annual Report (PDF below) has revealed. The activities of 152 signatories over the previous 12 months were assessed under WADA’s Continuous Monitoring Programme, introduced in February 2019...

News 25/03/2020

Sports Integrity Briefs – 25 March 2020

• Antonio Giraudo, a former Director of Juventus football club, has appealed to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in connection to a life ban issued by the Italian football association (FIGC) in 2011 for his part in the 2006 ‘Calciopoli’ match-fixing scandal, reports Il Sole 24 Ore....

News 25/03/2020

Hockey Canada Vice President sanctioned for obstructing a test

Scott Salmond, the Vice President of Hockey Canada, has been sanctioned with a two year ban expiring on 1 June 2020 for obstructing an attempt to test a Team Canda player. The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) announced that the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) had upheld an...

News 24/03/2020

Sports Integrity Briefs – 24 March 2020

• During a coordinated week of action from 3-10 March under Operation Pangea XIII, 48,000 suspect packages were seized by customs and regulatory authorities across 90 countries. The vast majority of the packages involved fake medical products relating to the Covid-19 virus, announced Interpol, however doping substances such as...

Features 24/03/2020

UK Athletics prioritised performance & funding over ethics

An 130 page Independent Review has found that although UK Athletics’ (UKA) investigations into its relationship with Alberto Salazar and the Nike Oregon Project (NOP) were reasonable, its decision to conduct an Internal Review led to allegations of a lack of independence and its inability to publish the findings...

News 23/03/2020

Footballer sanctioned with one year ban due to doctor’s incompetence

A young Bury FC footballer has been sanctioned with a backdated one year ban after the club’s former Doctor provided fraudulent information about a therapeutic use expedition (TUE), after forgetting to apply on the player’s behalf. Dr. Andrew Johnson, who also worked with Manchester City, has already been sanctioned...

Opinion 20/03/2020

Covid-19 poses risk to anti-doping efforts

Aside from the obvious health risks Covid-19, or the Coronavirus, poses a huge risk to anti-doping and as such, to the integrity of the few sporting events that remain on the calendar, such as the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Anti-doping organisations (ADOs) who publicise that they are scaling back anti-doping...

Opinion 18/03/2020

Sanctions against RusAF aren’t about doping

Last week’s Decision by World Athletics to sanction the Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) wasn’t taken because World Athletics thinks that vast numbers of Russian track and field athletes are doping. It was taken because of RusAF’s response to charges that officials had fabricated medical records and falsified information to...

News 17/03/2020

Sports Integrity Briefs – 17 March 2020

• The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) has postponed the 2020 European Championships by 12 months, due to the Covid-19 virus. ‘UEFA Euro 2020 was scheduled to take place in twelve cities across Europe from 12 June to 12 July 2020’, read a statement. ‘The proposed new dates...

News 16/03/2020

Farmer alleges he lied about provision of wild boar to Team Fury

A Lancashire farmer says he lied about the provision of wild boar to Tyson and Hughie Fury, which the boxers contended was one of two possible sources of nandrolone in samples collected from them in February 2015. Martin Carefoot told the Mail on Sunday that a friend asked if...

News 14/03/2020

Sports Integrity Briefs – 14 March 2020

• Italy’s national anti-doping tribunal (TNA) has partially upheld an appeal by Luca Mazzoni, halving his ban to two years. The former Livorno goalkeeper returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for a metabolite of cocaine in a post-match test following a 17 February match against Lecce. Mazzoni said his AAF...

News 13/03/2020

WADA allege Senate Committee failed to respond to meeting requests

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has alleged that the Chair of the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation has failed to respond to its requests for a meeting to discuss its concerns about the Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act (RADA). On Wednesday, the Committee approved the Act (PDF below),...

News 12/03/2020

Sports Integrity Briefs – 12 March 2020

• The Mexican anti-doping laboratory (Laboratorio Nacional de Prevencion y Control del Dopaje – LNPCD) has ceased operations despite its efforts to convince the Mexican authorities to keep it open, announced the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). The Laboratory was suspended over its handling of Paola Pliego’s case, resulting in...

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